HOT STEW by Fiona Mozley, read by Nneka Okoye - Audiobook extract
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London has changed a lot over the years. The Soho that Precious and Tabitha live and work in is barely recognisable anymore. And now, the building they call their home is under threat; its billionaire-owner Agatha wants to kick the women out to build expensive restaurants and luxury flats. Men like Robert, who visit the brothel, will have to go elsewhere. The collection of vagabonds and strays in the basement will have to find somewhere else to live. But the women are not going to go quietly. They have plans to make things difficult for Agatha but she isn't taking no for an answer. Hot Stew is an insightful and ambitious novel about property, ownership, wealth and inheritance. It is about the place we occupy in society and the importance placed on class and money. It doesn't shy away from asking difficult questions but does so with humour and intelligence.
LOVE IN COLOUR by Bolu Babalola, read by Nneka Okoye, Bolu Babalola, Ajjaz Awad & Olukemi Babalola
Love stories inspired by tales of the past...Join debut author Bolu Babalola as she recreates the most beautiful love stories from history and mythology and retells them with new incredible detail and vivacity. Focusing on the magical folktales of West Africa, Babalola also reimagines iconic Greek myths, ancient legends from South Asia, and stories from countries that no longer exist in our world. Babalola is inspired by tales that truly show the variety and colours of love around the globe.A high-born Nigerian goddess feels beaten down and unappreciated by her gregarious lover and longs to be truly seen.A young businesswoman attempts to make a great leap in her company, and an even greater one in her love life.A powerful Ghanaian spokeswoman is forced to decide whether to uphold her family's politics, or to be true to her heart.Whether captured in the passion of love at first sight, or realising that self-love takes precedent over the latter, the characters in these vibrant stories try to navigate this most complex human emotion and understand why it holds them hostage.Bolu takes a step in decolonising tropes of love by creating new stories that are inspired by the wildly beautiful tales that already exist in so many communities and cultures. Moving exhilaratingly across perspectives, continents and genres, from the historic to the vividly current, Love in Colour is a celebration of romance in all of its forms.Get lost in these mystical worlds and see that love, like humanity, comes in technicolour.
One Christmas Night by Hayley Webster, Read by Nneka Okoye
Click here to buy: https://adbl.co/2oRJ70TOracle Street, Norwich, has just been labelled by the press as 'The worst place to live in Norfolk this Christmas?' and morale is at an all-time low. In the past few weeks, presents have been going missing from residents' homes, and there are rumours going back and forth that maybe its one of their own who's been doing the stealing...You get all sorts on Oracle Street. There's Nelson House, the three floor council property, at the far end, where the tenants are mostly council tenants, but some of the flats have been bought up and are rented out to students/professionals. There's the Victorian Terraces along the main street where families private rent, and a few own their own homes. There are beautifully kept gardens. There are gardens full of old white goods. There is a 20 metre square 'park' with a slide, and a duck on a spring for toddlers that rocks back and forth when you sit on it. Its face wore off years ago.One thing there's not often a lot of on Oracle Street, is money. Another thing there's not a lot of is connection. Each flat, each house, mostly keeps to itself. Sometimes it seems like everybody's hiding something. Sometimes it seems like everybody's hiding full stop.